Server Cameron Bentley delivers beers, one of which to Richard Eric (center, behind beers), of Dallas, in the early evening on the patio at the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano, Texas Friday August 1, 2014.

Server Cameron Bentley delivers beers, one of which to Richard Eric (center, behind beers), of Dallas, in the early evening on the patio at the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano, Texas Friday August 1, 2014.

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The weather is often a point of contention in Texas, as it swings from one extreme to another, but drinkers rarely let that ruin any opportunity to soak up the sun on a bar patio with a cold beer in hand. 

Perhaps that's why when Foursquare published its list of the 50 best beer gardens in America, 14 of them were in Texas. Of those, a commendable five are in Dallas-Fort Worth.

To make this list, Foursquare, a rating and review app, culled businesses based on ranking from its users, the company's proprietary hotness score, visit popularity, and tip sentiment. All 50 of the bars ranked 9 out of 10 points or higher.

So next time you have a hankering for some sun and suds, try these North Texas beer gardens on for size.

Oak Street Drafthouse (Denton, TX)

We also ranked Oak Street Drafthouse among the best craft beer bars in the region.

Oak Street Drafthouse

What Foursquare users say about it:

"An amazing bar built in an old house. Great patio. Amazing staff." -- user Ballie

"Excellent craft beer selection. The cocktails are good, too. They use local Armadillosoda and make a killer old fashioned. P.S.: Pimm's cup." -- user Justin V.

"Really cozy inside, huge patio area with, thankfully, a lot of outdoor heaters because it was a chilly night. Huge tap selection with great recommendations from the staff who know their beers!" -- user Kelly Snyder

The Ginger Man (Dallas, TX)

The Ginger Man (Uptown)

What Foursquare users say about it:

"One of the original beer bars in town & always a good selection. Great for outdoor meet ups in the beer garden out back. Usually gets a crowd on the weekends." -- user Brian P.

"Awesome beer selection." -- user Mark Garcia

"My go to place for the Biergarten experience. The other locations don't hold a candle to this hidden gem! Ample free parking for the area too." -- user Chris F.

Truck Yard (Dallas, TX)

Truck Yard was also ranked among the best day-drinking spots in America, according to Yelp.

The Truck Yard (Dallas)

What Foursquare users say about it:

"Want to get above the crowds? Check out the treehouse bar." -- user Lee Diaz

"Truck Yard is heavenly on a good day. Crowds, heat and volume level can alter the experience tremendously ... But if u can get a good spot it is a great time. The cheesesteak a the front is a must." -- user David Evans

"The Cheesesteak is dope!" -- user Joshua Waishes

Katy Trail Ice House (Dallas, TX)

We also ranked Katy Trail Ice House among our favorite patios in Dallas.

Katy Trail Ice House

What Foursquare users say about it:

"Always lively and fun. Great local beer selection." -- user Brian P.

"Perfect for games and bar outings and especially good for the live music and country scene. Definitely a large assortment of beers, but the best are the local summer brews during summertime." -- user Social News Network

"One of the best place to have drinks. Try the Sangria and brisket tacos! And the best part: it's dog friendly! :))" -- user Anna Sellem

Harvest House (Denton, TX)

Harvest House

What Foursquare users say about it:

"This beer garden is a beautiful space with plenty of room to sit inside and out. Great vibe and there is often live music and a food truck as well." -- user GeekyExplorers

"Harvest House is excellent! HUGE beer selection, fresh juices, creative cocktails, kombucha... Great live music, tons of space, and tacos!" -- user Brad Holt

"Kombucha on tap and their signature cocktails are amazing!" -- user Natalie Green

The other Texas beer gardens that made the cut include:

  • Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden (Austin)
  • The Hoppy Monk (San Antonio)
  • The Friendly Spot (San Antonio)
  • The ABGB (Austin)
  • Craft Pride (Austin)
  • The Hay Merchant (Houston)
  • Axelrad Beer Garden (Houston)
  • Cottonwood (Houston)
  • Moon Tower Inn (Houston)

See Foursquare's full list of badass beer gardens here.

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